The League Champs are at it again with another music video for the fans. CantBuyDeem & ESSSE get together for a beat for LEAGUE CHAMPS VOL I, the two also got busy making a video, shot by Hayward, obviously. Performed live plenty of times in front of fans already, Cantbuydeem always introduces this song subtly, “if you know you know, what keep a whistle means…” which basically is to flex your 2nd amendment. Coming from Chicago, you would know that is an important piece of advice, and Cantbuydeem gives you all the reasons why in his verse; which all adds up to, good cautious living and self care attracts predators! “I’m smokin lemon haze and sippin lemonade and jamo. Slice of cucumber in my water I don’t fuck with Faygo. I won’t get boogie on you baby, I just cut the fake off...” Finishing off with “…you see me comin’ thru the exits, its about perspective. Treating the clown for disrespectin’, make that shit look sexy, if i got dead presidents in my wallet, slave masters in my pockets.” Essse finishes off the track in style, lyrically representing the hispanic community, his raw energy always keeping the track hype.
Mic Fort is keeping up momentum with another new release that features a few Chicago artists. Mic has been keeping his fans occupied with a few hit singles this year following his sophomore LP PENUMBRA. Sittin on singles like WIFI DOWN, TRUST MYSELF & LIVING LIFE ft Dee-Jay, Mic Fort now gives us DANGER. Bringing back Dee-Jay, Deen Akbar and StankNasty who is hot off a debut EP release titled EPIC and a hit single with AMK and Johnny Innuendo, Gerald The Genius L. Mic Fort and StankNasty are not unfamiliar either, having worked together on a track before called LIBRA SCALE, a tribute to the respective astrological sign.
DANGER comes with a music video directed by AIR BORN FILMZ that looks like a session to brainstorm a new song, each artists going one by one showing off their bars. Starting out with a low transposed voice reporting for the chorus, “Danger Hip Hop Is Back.” Deen Akbar starts out the circle ominously positive and confident, “…Motivate, celebrate, the key to this whole function. Got my foot on they necks, and plenty verses ready, they nervous, might as well get the hearses ready.” Dee-Jay takes over next with a laid back flow, simultaneously quick with his words and syllables, showing off his lyrical talent!
StankNasty takes aim at mumble rappers and clout chasers, “I’m not one to be kind to mumbling prima donnas, thats on my momma. Clout chasin don’t get you commas, these pants saggin, braggin rappers ain’t shit but caca. Dropped on they heads when they was babies, goo-goo ga-ga.” Finally Mic Fort ends out the track and enters the scene with power, declaring, “Hips hops grim reaper. Had to steal their soldiers to turn em into believers. Ice cold from the freezer.” He takes aim at unoriginal, cookie-cutter artists that saturate the genre. “They givin up the game for fame, its strange they blame, they claim, T-pain said it best, ya’ll all sound the same, lack of originality…” Mic Fort’s closing line, “this is hip hop so beware the new era” can only be met with humble satisfaction, the future of hip hop is in good hands!
Mic Fort has been gaining a network of artists to work with, with his releases. DANGER in itself is packed with talent, just as his LP PENUMBRA was, getting his name known in different circles. He has been making the effort to get his name known in between his releases as well. Recently talking as a guest on Pillow Talk Podcast, he has also been making noise on stages at open mics and even Arizona’s Hip Hop Festival in mid September. Mic also plans to make an appearance at The Forge in Joliet, Il on the 30th to perform, so you can catch his era of hip hop live or just bump this on repeat here!
Nova The King’s NOVA & FRIENDS EP is a 6 track power punch of banging tracks, with braggadocio one liners and smooth hit lines. For the record Nova The King secured features from Weegi Wizers, Jerm X, Relic The Bully, East Venti, Mikey Rose, and BillDollarSign. FOCUSED is a track about becoming a bigger, more successful rapper. The hook is “I’m focused, ain’t no debatin homie, I swear that I’m owed this. Hottest one in my city, put the whole game on notice. Once you getting bread, start shining, become the locust. But they can never stop me, because too focused.” Jerm X comes in for a 2nd smooth cool verse where he references James Bond and the golden gun.
The song GEORGE references when George W. Bush said Shame on you, Nova comes in with a hook about getting W’s like George, “Call me George cause I get a lot of W’s.” A direct funny joke, especially if you grew up during the Bush years. Nova hits a faster flow on this record when saying, “Step in the booth and I’m causing alarm…” Relic the Bully delivers a powerful high technical verse on this track, big ups! Track 5 is titled TIMMY even though the ending of each phrase of the hook is verbatim “to me” but slurred together it could be spelled out timmy; hip-hop is full of rappers playing with spellings, acronyms, homonyms, etc.
“Fuck the competition cause I’m past that,” Nova The King ends the EP with a catchy strings of hooks and lines with PAST THAT. BillDollarSign comes in a new-wave type verse, with fun lifestyle lines. He eventually starts crooning, and he seems to have a mixture of an ATL and Chitown sing rap craft. Nova The King has been consistently working and releasing music, make sure to follow him to stay up to date on all of his content!
Mic Fort is back again and LIVIN’ LIFE, the name of his single reflects the sentiment of the song and Mic’s attitude! “Heavy on my fears so my heart on ice. Double shots of love make me feel it twice. Demons in my head thinkin… but i can never quit!” The main message hits you instantly and deeply, over another smooth but energetic beat, laced with horns and hi-hats, following a theme of perseverance. Bringing one more time his brother Dee-Jay following their last single collab TRUST MYSELF. Mic Fort still plans to release music videos for his latest releases as well, possibly creating a full collab project with Dee-Jay from the looks of their latest work, however we are just as satisfied with these hit singles too. Still releasing solo jams like a visual to TRACK STAR REMIX, follow Mic Fort at the links below so you do not miss any updates!
Sherrell the Artist is definitely one that lives through passion. Her expression is fulfilled through music, and it can be quite relatable to listeners. She recently releases a single called DROWNING and opens up very blunt on the first verse, making it known she is deeper than her looks and style. “Misunderstood so I might lose you when I say this but, you looking for some pretty music. Got the wrong bitch cause, this is passion, rage and pain, baby all of it so. It’s not gonna sound pretty, I’m not sorry. Besides the music i don’t open up hardly.” Nearly every line is deeper than words, even Sherrell’s chorus to the song opens up with some heavy thoughts, connecting her confusion to a feeling of drowning, and numbing herself with drugs, leading the blind with her songs. Or perhaps in another perspective, comforting the blind, as she sings knowing most people tend to keep their troubles private, and her words may help guide them through the motions. “I got the music that can speak through all your heartaches, i’m touching souls with my words.” Music or therapy, you decide!
One golden rule of success is not to publicize your every move, sometimes you just have to keep people wondering before you come out with something big! K.E.N, Aka The God Level Goat, Killin’ Every Note, has this philosophy laced in his movements, as he comes up on new opportunities it seems from out of no where, popping in and out with new music here and there, or ending up in festivals like YAS! Most recent actions to observe is his recent single release of ON SIGHT, after being relatively silent, however not inactive, landing himself an acting position on The Chi as he would announce on his social medias. Perhaps his energy on stage and in his music like ON SIGHT, gets him this kind of attention from key players with ease, maybe he works hard every night. Even his lyrics can leave you guessing, “I’m working hard every night, it’s the liquor with sprite, got me feeling so right, might just go pick up a mic. Feel I’ll go bust it on sight.” Either way his talent is undeniable, and the production by the Ambi/\nce is not just complimentary, its hype!
Adding an air of mystery to his already peculiar persona, Säge, The 64th Wonder interprets the sacred and esoteric with his latest LP release. As if his mask does not do the job, HIEROPHANT gives the 64th Wonder another layer of mystic energy. The album contains 8 tracks of boom bap type beats with lyric heavy verses and features from Kyd Wahlee, Sleep Sinatra and SHINTENTO64. Fans have had early previews of HIEROPHANT with early releases of its singles like SPOON BENDER, TALKING SHOES and EASY BAKE, with an accompanying music video. The project in all is a whole ‘nother level of hip hop that is refreshing, lyrically and sonically, to the Chicago pot of artists.
Casually strolling onto the mic acknowledging some time passing, with the confidence of a living legend, and the knowledge that he is about to rock the mic, as if he had to remind the Chi who is king! BASURA features Kyd Wahlee spittin over a steady, simple and dark beat, that emphasizes the boths artists lyrics and energy. Though the LP was teased with earlier releases, BASURA sets the tone for the tracks to follow. ENTER THE 64TH WONDER sets the bar lyrically, his flow so smooth through a cool, calm and collected attitude, but sharp with his words. HIEROPHANT thus far carries an aloofness, almost comical atmosphere, with background chatter on the beat as if in the middle of a broadcasted variety show into SPOON BENDER.
The remainder of HIEROPHANT takes it back down to earth with EASY BAKE and onward, the music video for the track takes on a raw urban vibe, while Säge humbly brags about his lyrical skill compared to the childish easy bake talent of others. TALKING SHOES takes it deep into Säge’s thoughts and actions, it seems Säge can turn any thought into poetry, and every thought seems to bear significance. However he raps, “I’m not here to preach I’m just speaking with my hood…” All together this LP takes you back to classic hip hop vibe, production focused on the beat, emphasizing the lyrics that are raw and laced with natural wisdom. So much wisdom an instrumental track in ALLIUM had to be introduced to give your mind a breather. A sick followup to THE GODS HERE ARE STUPID LP, you are going to catch yourself putting HIEROPHANT on repeat!
Coming off his earlier release of COFFEE & CIGARETTES II, The Homie Q is back with even more feel good tracks for your adult soul. ACCIDENT PRONE is a 5 track EP that dropped May the 4th, The Homie Q includes a direct homage to Star Wars with the cover art.
The intro track is a slightly megaphonic-filtered, autotune sing flow for the hook. He sing raps it really fast going into a bridge before his first verse where the Homie Q raps in a more conversational tone. “Blowing up my line for nothing, she say that she miss me, cruising with my Cali bitch, rolling up the Nipsey.” That line stood out for its Nipsey Hussle reference, calling some of the best Cali weed, Nipsey. This intro track has a lot of vocal switch ups which keep the song fun and different, nothing on this first record is expected, completely surprising.
BOY MEETS WORLD is one those fun bravado, lady killing songs. The song sounds like it samples Dance Dance Revolution. The Homie Q goes through reference after reference about his relationships with various women. A bright track filled with unique vocal runs of The Homie Q crooning! Track 3 is titled I SLEPT WITH THQ AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS T-SHIRT, which is a hilarious name that stands out. “Fuck me with the lights on, shootings stars shoot right on. Nothing lasts forever, baby come on, this is your song. Fuck with me the lights on, she can go all night long. I want this forever, baby come and get your shine on!” An extremely catchy chorus that will have you assuredly singing back and feeling yourself.
99PLUS1 is the fourth record on the project and contains The Homie Q’s only feature for the EP, Kasual OWNLY. This is another crooned banger, Kasual OWNLY comes in with a similar complimentary style and tone to The Homie Q. They take auto tune crooning to a whole new level on this track, very fun song! “I keep it 100 with you,” This project is chock fill of vibes for the ladies, full of vulnerability and masculine braggadocio. This is music you can bump at a party but also listen intently to.
“Never let ya go, never let ya go, no. Till I say so, till I say so, never let me go, never let me go, no. This means more than I know.” A heartfelt and emotion filled hook sung by The Homie Q for the last track on the project titled THERE WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH ROOM FOR JACK. The project is perfect for summer rides and evenings, lots of slightly melancholic yet more sensitive vibes from The Homie Q, and poetry geared towards one’s love life that seems to always be tumultuous. A short and sweet listen but is easily put on repeat, especially if you rock with the auto-tune crooning style of hip hop, uplifting melodies, and catchy choruses. Do not forget to stream “Accident Prone” available everywhere and don’t miss out on his previous project which we also covered titled “Coffee and Cigarettes II”.
The smash single from Chicago’s favorite duo starts in with Khalid Reed rapping two verses with Kevin Wiley on the infectious and super catchy hook. Svn Svn Thr33 perform in an all white background similar to the popular YouTube series, Colors. With the duo at two standing microphones, they give a sensational performance for their lady killing hit, THE BREAKUP SONG.
“I know I’m the person you said you never needed, but how come when I left you alone I had you heated.” Khalid Reed starts in with the first verse, inferring how attached his lady was to him. “I be feeling like this ain’t been work, and I don’t know how to tell you that!” Kevin Wiley comes in with the smooth and rhythmic vocals on the hook, “You been wondering when I’m in my phone, got you asking me where my head’s been at!” Khalid Reed raps a second verse, with Kevin Wiley on a two part bridge to connect the progression to the final chorus. “Came to you at my lowest, but your actions they were lower than that, girl I promise I ain’t ever look back!”
Khalid Reed ends his second verse with these gut punching bars, and Kevin Wiley glides in with “I’m sorry it had to be this way, I’m sorry that I can not stay, I’m sorry that it came to this, I’m sorry but this how I feel! I don’t wanna waste your time, but I can’t keep living a lie!” The lyrics are quite relatable in this modern era of dating, with all the social media apps and technology. Svn Svn Thr33 promise it is nothing personal and it is sometimes just how relationships need to go; no hard feelings, just brutal honesty. That theme shines through exceptionally well on their hit record THE BREAKUP SONG.
Takes intuition to spot a fake, but it takes a real one to POINT EM OUT! You can find them anywhere, even in your own circles! Keepin’ it real, Fazer comes through to clean house and alert us to the snakes. In his latest release POINT EM OUT, he lets it be known, “No strangers aloud in my domain, me and you, eye to eye thats always… There’s a op in the room so you better point em out, there’s a snake in the crowd, so you better point em out, what you about?” Posing the rhetorical question, what you about?, testing your own character to stand up alongside him. POINT EM OUT is doubled with a music video, recorded at Ever Evolved Studios by Yo_PierreFilms, following his last release CATER 2 U.